September Pieces Of My Mind #2

Vaxholm Fortress, completed and already obsolete in 1863.
  • Leiber’s Fafhrd & Grey Mouser stories were written from 1936 to 1988.
  • Movie: Mr. Nobody (2009). An old man reminisces about countless versions of how his life may have been according to happenstance and the butterfly effect. Grade: Great!
  • Saw a delivery truck from the Valhalla Bakery. The End Times are nigh!
  • Scanned text repositories online are amazing. I’ve translated a 17th century book with some poorly attributed Latin poetry strewn through it, and all I have to do is google a line or two and I get the full poems in their original period publications right there on my screen.
  • Stockholm’s tiny Chinatown is co-located with the city’s biggest cluster of Afro hair dressers.
S/S Mariefred, built in 1903 and still steaming along just fine.


Author: Martin R

Dr. Martin Rundkvist is a Swedish archaeologist, journal editor, skeptic, atheist, lefty liberal, bookworm, boardgamer, geocacher and father of two.

7 thoughts on “September Pieces Of My Mind #2”

  1. I don’t know about Stockholm, but in the US comparatively few Chinese people live in Chinatowns anymore. Washington’s Chinatown is almost entirely a commercial district (it’s a few blocks from the convention center). In Boston and San Francisco, ethnic Chinese have dispersed throughout the metro area. Seattle never actually had a Chinatown; they had the more generically named International District.

    Stockholm may be a case of neighborhood evolution at work. The district where Chinese immigrants would settle a few decades ago is now where the African immigrants settle. Similar things have happened in many US cities.

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  2. There’s a Viking taxi not far from where I live. When the driver calls in to dispatch, he talks to Valhalla. It adds to the local atmosphere.
    When you say Afro hairdressers, are you referring to the classic 1970s era Afro haircut or just hair styles more suitable for folks with hair of African heritage?
    Is the S/S Mariefred still steaming or has it been converted to diesel?


  3. The big microphone-top Afro is not very popular these days. I believe the salons I mention mainly do intricate braiding.

    The S/S Mariefred still has its original steam engine. I recently took a buffet trip with the M/S Stockholm and learned that it also retains its steam engine, but somehow they have also found room to install a later diesel and that’s the one they use nowadays.

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